I tried today through the same route I used 3 years ago.
The hike started at 7h50 utc. After the first few minutes hiking, I found these very small traces of snow:
As I kept going, I found this view of the SOTA summit Mt. GANBOA EA2/SS-056 to my left.
Further up, from this point, the amount of snow on the ground started to increase.
But I kept going anyway.
Whenever I stopped for a picture, my loyal dog Lucho, patiently waited…
Unfortunately, I finally had to abandon due to 1m of snow well before the summit and myself not being conveniently equipped for that. No snowshoes, no skies…
I found a section where the snow was frozen hard and I was able to walk on its surface, but this didn’t last long and later I found that the snow at the point where I decided to abandon, was as deep as my full leg and while my light 4 legged companion Lucho had no problems to walk on the snow surface, I was heavier and 2 legged, therefore getting the full length of my legs in the snow at each step. At that point, it was 09h39 utc, 1h and 50 minutes hiking and I still was so far away from the summit, progressing like this was so slow, tedious and exhausting that I decided to admit a new defeat from this mountain and turn back.
After having descended the few meters of the very slope where I had to abandon, I took this picture for you to see my fishing rod with nearly 80-90 cm in the snow.
Well, 2 times defeated by this mountain makes me really eager to finally conquering it and making a SOTA activation from its top. I hope it will not be in 3 more years…
Sorry about this, dear chasers.